Yu Zeyuan

Yu Zeyuan

Beijing Correspondent and Senior Researcher, Lianhe Zaobao

Yu Zeyuan (real name Yu Haisheng) started in 1993 as a journalist and editor with Xinhua's foreign news desk, then joined the University of Hawaii as a visiting academic from 1996 to 1997. Since 2000, he has been Lianhe Zaobao's Beijing correspondent and senior researcher.

This picture taken during a media tour shows navy personnel demonstrating their training at the People's Liberation Army Navy Submarine Academy during an open day to mark the navy's 75th anniversary in Qingdao, China's Shandong province on 21 April 2024. (Wang Zhao/AFP)

China steps up focus on modern warfare with military reform

Recent changes to China’s military structure marks the country’s renewed focus on modern warfare. With the dissolution of the Strategic Support Force, and the setting up of the Information Support Force, Aerospace Force and Cyberspace Force in its place, the new arms will become critical pillars supporting the four services. Lianhe Zaobao correspondent Yu Zeyuan takes a look at the recent changes.
US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen attends a press conference in Beijing, China, on 8 April 2024. (Florence Lo/Reuters)

US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen’s China visit yields some results

Despite heightened tension between China and the US, the two sides are maintaining communications at all levels. Lianhe Zaobao correspondent Yu Zeyuan notes that as long as the two countries remain in contact, the situation will not turn for the worse or spin out of control.
People watch a video about China’s military advancements at the Military Museum in Beijing, China, on 3 March 2024. (Greg Baker/AFP)

PLA upgrades armaments in race against US military

Lianhe Zaobao correspondent Yu Zeyuan notes that to catch up to the US in terms of military might, China has been investing heavily in modernising its armaments, particularly in the areas of aircraft carriers and stealth aircraft technology. Not only that, the PLA also wants to develop its own unique “trump card”.
TikTok app logo is seen in this illustration taken on 22 August 2022. (Dado Ruvic/Reuters)

Will TikTok survive the latest attack from the US?

Lianhe Zaobao correspondent Yu Zeyuan notes that the US’s latest moves against TikTok are getting a response from TikTok as well as its users. Will TikTok survive the latest onslaught and will the Chinese government back the company?
A Chinese paramilitary police officer stands guard at Tiananmen Square in Beijing on 3 March 2024, ahead of the country's annual legislative meetings known as the "Two Sessions". (Pedro Pardo/AFP)

What to watch for at China's Two Sessions this year

China’s annual Two Sessions or Lianghui kicks off on 4 March. With issues from GDP growth to unemployment to leadership changes, Lianhe Zaobao correspondent Yu Zeyuan takes us through the likely highlights of this year’s edition.
US national security adviser Jake Sullivan (left) in Davos on 16 January  2024 and China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi (right) in Brazil on 19 January 2024. (Fabrice Coffrini and Sergio Lima/AFP)

A possible easing of China-US relations this year?

The recent meeting between Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and US national security adviser Jake Sullivan ended on a good note as both sides reported relatively positive assessments. This has created the conditions for the two sides to take the next step to continue to communicate across different fields and between two countries’ leaders in the following months. Lianhe Zaobao correspondent Yu Zeyuan tells us more.
Taiwan President-elect Lai Ching-te, of Democratic Progressive Party's (DPP) and his running mate Hsiao Bi-khim attend a rally following the victory in the presidential elections, in Taipei, Taiwan, 13 January 2024. (Ann Wang/Reuters)

Will William Lai’s win spark war in the Taiwan Strait?

With the Democratic Progressive Party's William Lai winning the Taiwan presidential election, there are concerns that Lai's future moves might provoke mainland China into extreme actions. Lianhe Zaobao correspondent Yu Zeyuan weighs up the possibilities.
A Long March-2F carrier rocket, carrying the Shenzhou-17 spacecraft, takes off from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center for a crewed mission to China's Tiangong space station, near Jiuquan, Gansu province, China, on 26 October 2023. (China Daily via Reuters)

China’s strides in spaceflight put the US on notice

China’s recent third launch of a reusable test spacecraft clearly demonstrates that China is closing the gap with the US in spaceflight technology. Its strides in remote sensing satellite technology would also help it achieve greater military conflict preparedness. Lianhe Zaobao correspondent Yu Zeyuan explains.
Healthcare workers in protective gear give residents their Covid-19 tests in Shanghai, China, on 10 July 2022. (Qilai Shen/Bloomberg)

China reinstating the health code to combat respiratory disease?

Following a recent spike in respiratory illness in China, people in some areas have found that the green codes on their long-dormant health code apps have been reactivated, prompting speculation that this particular measure from the pandemic days might be coming back, and also reviving memories of the painful days of lockdown.